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Uncertain States of America

Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik

American Art in the Third Millennium. 120 works by over 40 young artists

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“These are the Uncertain States of America where nothing is fully possible to predict and where surprise is always around the corner."
Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Reykjavi'k Art Museum is happy to announce today’s opening of the exhibition UNCERTAIN STATES OF AMERICA - American Art in the Third Millennium, a unique presentation of young and emerging American artists, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The exhibition consists of more than 120 works by over 40 young artists, and presents a wide spectrum of expressions, from video and film to installations and paintings. Although the exhibition is comprised of rich and varied material, certain common features are apparent. The curators note that they have been confronted with a narrative art, and an ability to tell new and disparate stories. They have encountered artists who are cognizant of their historical context, and who, on many different levels, express a clear social and political consciousness. Meanwhile, all the works break new creative ground, and have a strong aesthetic awareness.

“Clearly we want this exhibition to reflect the variety of expressions and the heterogeneity of the artistic landscape, but in the end the intensity and indisputable quality of the works remain our key criteria."
Daniel Birnbaum, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Artists included in the exhibition:
Allora & Calzadilla, Edgar Arceneaux/Rodney McMillian, Devendra Banhart, Frank Benson, Jennifer Bornstein, Mike Bouchet, Matthew Brannon, Anthony Burdin, Paul Chan, Sean Dack, Trisha Donnelly, Jim Drain, Piero Golia, Hannah Greely, Taft Green, Guyton\Walker, Karl Haendel, Christian Holstad, Shane Huffman, Jiae Hwang, Matthew Day Jackson, Matt Johnson, Miranda July, Nate Lowman, Daria Martin, Matt McCormick, Ohad Meromi, Kori Newkirk, Seth Price, Adam Putnam, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Matthew Ronay, Mika Rottenberg, Aida Ruilova, Paul Sietsema, Josh Smith, Mika Tajima, TM Sisters, Jordan Wolfson, Mario Ybarra Jr., Aaron Young.

Image: Frank Benson, Flag, 2005

The exhibition was first shown at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, fall 2005 and then traveled to Bard College in New York and Serpentine Gallery in London. After Reykjavi'k it will carry on to Herning in Denmark, Warsaw, Moscow and Beijing.

The exhibition is produced by Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

For further information please contact
Soffia Karlsdottir, Head of Public Relations Tel. +354 590-1200, Fax +354 590-1201

Reykjavik Art Museum
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Two exhibitions
dal 13/1/2012 al 3/3/2012

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